Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Homeschooling 101

Have you ever considered homeschooling your children?  Would you know where to start?  Why homeschool?  What is your opinion on homeschooling?  Join me as I discuss with Cindy, Tina, Devon, their experiences with homeschooling.  We will cover the pros and cons, tips, resources and more involving homeschooling your children.  Society as a whole has a skewed perception when it comes to the success of homeschooling children.  I look forward to hearing from these successful moms, to hopefully gain answers to the above questions and any others that may come to light.

Prop Us Up on the Leaning Side

I read a story once about a man that prayed for God to 'prop us up on the leaning side'.  The story makes reference to an old barn, that as it aged began to lean.  The old man propped up the barn with poles on the leaning side, to keep it from falling.  We all lean at times.  We all endure hard times, weather storms and trials that may cause our old house to lean to one side or the other.  This is pretty much guaranteed as long as you keep saying good morning.    Just like the old song says, the leaning tree's not always the first to fall.  Just because we are leaning, doesn't mean we have to fall. God will be the post we need to prop us up on the leaning side.


Striving for Excellence

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. [Col 3:17 KJV]

And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [Col 3:23 KJV]

 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did [it] with all his heart, and prospered.[2Ch 31:21 KJV]

Shouldn't we strive for excellence in everything that we do?  Doesn't everything we do effect something or someone in some way? Striving for excellence is giving our best to our Master. Yes, I know better than anyone how impossible it is to achieve true perfection, but striving for it is something altogether different.  With the New Year quickly approaching, I have the sense, like many of you, that I should be making better decisions about how I use my time.  I have also been pondering "New Year's Resolutions" and which ones I plan to profess.  What is a resolution?  What are your resolutions for the upcoming year?  Call in and share with us!

 Episode-10 Sister2Sister

Refiner's FIre

Refiner's Fire.  Malachi 3:3 says He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them, like gold and silver.  You can take the heat, because He knows when to pull you out before you are destroyed.  What's the process of refinery?  Why is it necessary?

Episode-9 Sister2Sister

Train Up a Child

Episode #8 Sister2Sister

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6  Who does the training?  The ultimate responsibility falls upon the parents of children for the training in the way they should go.  What kind of training is happening with our children?  What kinds of things are being taught and by whom?  Are we as parents assuming the weight of the responsibility given us or have we somehow discovered how to delegate that responsibility?  Are we being successful in that delegation?  The crime is this, that it has become more and more "common place" for parents to farm out their children to learn about God in our churches, at Sunday School, VBS, Bible Study classes.  Yes, those things are great!  I am not trying to discount them whatsoever, but to highlight the idea that teaching should be ongoing, daily throughout the lives of our children.  They are being taught, maybe.  But are they getting everything that they need from the weekly meetings?  Shouldn't we strive to teach them daily?  What is your agenda?  Do you cherish the teachable moments or do they pass by in the blur of our business?

God Will Never Leave You

God is faithful.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Listen to Episode #7 as Cheryl Johnson shares her testimony of how God was by her side during the loss of her mother.

Episode #7 Sister2Sister

Christian or Disciple?

What is the difference?

Christian is a term that was given the followers of Jesus by the "outsiders" or the non-followers back in times of Jesus' days.  What does being a Christian mean to you?  I have always believed that being a Christian was better than not being one, but to be able to explain what it really means has eluded me.  A disciple is something quite different.  Disciple is the word that Jesus used referring to his followers. 

Christian or Disciple?  What is the difference?  Which one are you?  Listen to a brief teaching by Andy Stanley regarding the word Disciple as found on YouTube.

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